This includes Asian regions like South Asia, East Asia, and South East Asia. The shares of tourists from these countries have been rising in recent years, as per the data released by the Ministry of Tourism, and are expected to rise in the coming years as well.
Hotels and restaurants are an important component of the tourism sector. As on 31 December 2011, there were 2,895 classified hotels having a capacity of 1,29,606 rooms in the country. Availability of good quality and affordable hotel rooms plays an important role in boosting the growth of tourism in the country.
The share of the hotel and restaurant sector in overall economy increased from 1.46 per cent in 2004-5 to 1.53 per cent in 2008-9 and then decreased to 1.46 per cent in 2010-11. However, if the contribution of this sector only in the service sector is considered, its share decreased from 2.75 per cent in 2004-5 to 2.64 per cent in 2010-11 as other service sectors grew faster than this sector.
Its CAGR was 8.44 per cent during 2004-5 to 2009-10 and the growth rate in 2010-11 was 7.7 per cent. Health tourism, the new entrant in the sector, is a niche area where India has good potential to grow.